The highlights below are based on the information from the central, northern and southern islands for the period 27-31 March 2015. The report includes new information from the agriculture and health teams that visited the northern and southern islands and public works team in Nui.
• A total of 39 homes were totally destroyed (12 in Nui Island, 15 in Nanumea, and 12 in Nanumanga).
• The Nanumanga clinic suffered severe infrastructure damage.
• The clinic in Niutao Island was partially damaged.
Securing health from disastrous impacts of cyclone Pam in Tuvalu
Cyclone Pam, which had its centre of force and most disastrous impact in Vanuatu also ran through the islands of Tuvalu on 13 March 2015. The force of the winds appeared to have reduced slightly when it hit Tuvalu but much of the damage was caused by a combination of forceful winds and seawater infiltration of the inlands.
It's been several weeks since Cyclone Pam lashed Tuvalu, coinciding with seasonal king tides but only now is the scale of the destruction it caused becoming clear.
• The Government and humanitarian partners continue to deliver food, shelter, fuel, clothes, water treatment tablets, medical supplies, and other relief items to the affected islands.
• Rapid assessments have been carried out on the three northern islands (Nanumanga, Niutao,
Nanumea) and the three central islands (Nui,
• Nui suffered the worst damage of the three central islands, with significant damage to crops and livestock.
The highlights below are based on the current information from the Central islands (Nui, Nukufetau, Vaitupu and Funafuti). Assessment of the northern island group is continuing.
Ongoing adverse weather and unreliable communication with the outer islands has hampered information gathering and relief efforts.
There are ongoing issues with power and internet across affected islands and inter-island communication remains a challenge.
There are 90 known families displaced.
SUVA, 18 March 2015 – UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprised of nine islands with a population of about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The entire population on one of Tuvalu's islands has been evacuated due to flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
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